Sunday, 5 July 2015

More exemption claims at Coburg

At a second session of Coburg Court on Wednesday 25 October 1916, just days before the first Conscription Referendum was held, magistrate Dr Cole heard another large number of claims for exemption from military training, mostly on the grounds that the applicants were only sons. This time no one was named, but some of the more ridiculous (in the eyes of the newspaper, at least) excuses were printed.

These were the excuses published in the Brunswick and Coburg Leader on 3 November 1916:

I haven't found any other references to exemption hearings in the local Coburg press and am still pursuing this line of research. 

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